Principal/Senior SWE base salary comparisons: DC region, Boston, NYC, Silicon Valley, So Cal, Seattle, Austin

Leidos hobknob
Feb 14, 2018 16 Comments

I'm just gauging salaries at various tech regions within US for someone with the following CV. I'm looking to potentially move to one of these areas (currently in AZ).

Principal/Senior SWE, 20+ year experience, full stack, Java/Python/JavaScript, J2EE/Spring/Django/Android, Oracle/Postgres/Hadoop/Mongo. No experience with AI/machine learning.

Please share base salary only (no sign-on, bonus, rsu, etc) if you're from these areas:

DC region: ?
Boston: ?
NYC: ?
Silicon Valley: ?
So Cal: ?
Seattle: ?
Austin: ?


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TOP 16 Comments
  • Netflix fs92
    SV, recent offer from Google was 170 base for L4, Facebook base for E5 was 190

    Not sure why you don't want equity numbers, as those make the real comp go way higher. Companies are now giving out stock quarterly instead of yearly.
    Feb 14, 2018 6
    • Google UBdG56
      Yeah but you’re talking about options (where you get burned if price of vested stocks is below strike price). At FANG we get RSUs so unless the company’s stock price goes down to 0, we’re guaranteed something. Sure, I understand it’s not cash, but discounting it completely isn’t right either.
      Feb 14, 2018
    • Netflix fs92
      Actually at Netflix we get options, the rest get RSUs
      Feb 14, 2018
  • Amazon DziC74
    Seattle: 200 - 250K
    Feb 14, 2018 4
    • Visa Yogic
      There are extremes where base can even go to 185.. normal range is 140k to 170k base..
      Feb 15, 2018
    • Visa Yogic
      you go to remember where FANG stands out of the rest is the 4 year RSUs and sign on..
      Feb 15, 2018
  • New WKUN02
    DC: 220-270
    Feb 15, 2018 1
    • Leidos hobknob
      Wow, that's quite high.

      I wonder if that range requires some specific high level of clearance. DC isn't known for high salary like SV.
      Feb 16, 2018
  • Visa Yogic
    Austin is around 140 to 170.
    Feb 14, 2018 1
    • Leidos hobknob
      Feb 14, 2018


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